North Coast Class of '88 Barley Wine

North Coast Class of '88 Barley Wine

Rated 3.350 by BeerPals
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Brewed by North Coast Brewing Company

Fort Bragg, CA, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

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1988 was a pivotal year for the emerging craft brewing industry on the west coast, marking the founding of some of America’s most influential breweries, North Coast Brewing Co. among them. It was also the year Fred Eckhardt published The Essentials of Beer Style—a book that quickly became an indispensable reference for aspiring brewers and critics. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of this milestone year, North Coast Brewing and two other west coast members of the pioneering “Class of ’88,”—Rogue Ales and Deschutes Brewery—have collaborated on a trio of commemorative beers evolving from Fred’s style guidelines. Each of the breweries has created its own distinctive interpretation of a barleywine. Brewers traveled to each other’s locations and teamed up to brew all three ales. Their common heritage, joint efforts and inherent camaraderie resulted in a cohesive set that allows beer aficionados to enjoy three examples of the style.

ID: 51995 Last updated 8 years ago Added to database 8 years ago

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Overall Rank7437
Overall Percentile84.2
Style Rank145 of 420
Style Percentile65.5
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.700
Weighted Score3.350
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.8 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Side by side with Deschutes version of the same name. This one is pretty, smells terrible, and tastes great. Can't believe these are the same recipe, Deschutes did such a terrible job compared to North Coast.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.2 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    750. I dug it. 4.2-4.3 range. Still more citric than usual for a barleywine, but not as IPA like as the Deschutes version was fresh. A little mustier aroma, still ample citrus and pine. Caramel backdrop. Lighter in color and body still, but drank super smooth. As good as it was, North Coast makes Old Stock, a world beater, for less...so most likely a one timer.

  • HANNAH 1021 reviews
    rated 3.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pours golden-amber and crystal clear with small, dense head. Aroma is very light, malt dominated of course, slightly musky, not especially barleywine-like, not especially pleasant. Not a lifechanger, but it goes down pretty tasty. Bready with ripe fruit and a notable alcohol bite. Medium-to-full bodied with strong carbonation. Hope to compare this to the Rogue and Deschutes versions.

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